Media Watch – July 21

By on 21/07/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Trojan Horse – widespread local and national coverage across all media outlets, including:

  • Bore: Council feared being branded a racist (Birmingham Mail)
  • Council chiefs feared charges of racism (Daily Mail)
  • Bore:  We're sorry over Trojan Horse (Birmingham Mail)
  • Compensation call for Trojan staff by  Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood (BBC)
  • Council helped Islamists to bully heads out of schools (The Times)
  • Christians all lie and wives must have sex or go to hell, Trojan Horse pupils told (The Telegraph).
  • Fear of Islamophobia gave activists free rein (The Guardian)
  • Inquiry's claim of Trojan horse plot to seize schools challenged by city council (The Independent)
  • Trojan Horse report: Birmingham schools broke law with Islamic assemblies and banned sex education (The  Independent)
  • Gove's neglect 'led to Trojan Horse schools' (The Daily Mirror)
  • 'Inappropriate methods, improper manipulation' (The Guardian) - in depth look at the Kershaw report
  • 'Trojan Horse' Trust members resign (Church of England newspaper) - report on resignation of board members at Park View Academy Trust
  • Blackboard jungle (Prospect) - in depth look at the role of Ofsted in light of the Trojan Horse allegations.
  • MP: Government must apologise after Gove 'fell asleep at the wheel' (Birmingham Mail)
  • 'Aggressive Islamist ethos' did exist - Whitehall probe (Birmingham Mail) - Report on based on leaks from Peter Clarke's report into Trojan Horse allegations.

A38 tunnel closures, today is first working day of closures  - ongoing coverage on local broadcast and print media.

Council bosses cash in while services are cut (The Sunday Times):  Round up of council bosses' pay - includes pay details of council's highest earner.

Jobs boost as HS2 plans a base in Brum (Birmingham Mail and Daily Telegraph):  Article on HS2's plans to base its construction headquarters in the city centre, creating up to 1,500 new jobs. Leader quoted.

We never had a collection after paying garden tax (Birmingham Mail): Report on a subscriber in Rocky Lane, Great Barr, who paid for a year's service in November and has yet to have her green waste collected.

OAP caught by bus lane camera as he took grandson to hospital (Birmingham Mail): Report on pensioner who was fined for using bus lanes while taking his grandson to hospital.

A little light reading …lightning forces Library to be evacuated and hits BT tower (Sunday Mercury):  Includes report of Library of Birmingham closing after severe storms on Saturday.

Brum barrister to stand as police boss (Birmingham Mail): Report that Ayoub Khan has been nominated by the Liberal Democrats to stand in the forthcoming by-election for West Midlands Police Crime Commissioner.

Needy pupils in city faring well in GCSE exams - report (Birmingham Mail):  Article on Ofsted report which shows that Birmingham pupils are outperforming most other areas of the country at GCSE level.

Old folks' home to become hostel in £500,000 revamp (Birmingham  Mail): Report that Birmingham YMCA is to take over Harry Watton House in Aston after securing a 25-year lease and a grant from the Government's empty property initiative.  Cllr John Cotton quoted.

'Terracotta army' snapped at Moseley Road Baths:  Report on protest by 100 swimmers against the proposed closure of the swimming pool.

Fury over village 'gem' as art library relocates (Birmingham Mail): Report on the decision to Bournville Art College's library from Ruskin Hall to Birmingham City University's city centre campus.

Shop fined over dodgy chargers (Birmingham Mail):  Report of a successful Trading Standards prosecution against a Winson Green supermarket selling unsafe phone chargers and cosmetics.

Library takes on Shard in race to be top building (Birmingham Mail/ Architects' Journal): Library of Birmingham is shortlisted for the Riba Stirling Prize alongside the Shard and the Aquatic Centre in London's Olympic Park.

Athletes to swim, cycle and run in park triathlon (Birmingham Mail):  Article previewing the City of Birmingham Triathlon in Sutton Park.

Revolt sees council back down on plans to close 22 play areas (Sutton Observer): Report that a planning decision to close 22 play areas, including two in Erdington, has been reversed.

Mum's fury as thieves steal statues from daughter's grave to sell at boot sales (Sutton Observer): Report on thefts of figurines from graves at Witton Cemetery.

Commercial waste charge (Materials Recycling World):  Report on new fleet of trucks that will enable the council to charge its commercial waste customers by weight.

The beautiful south (Midlands Business Insider):  Article focusing on development projects in south Birmingham, including science campus at Selly Oak and the Longbridge ITEC Park.

Regional headlines

Mo died with dignity - let others have that choice: Birmingham Mail article on the assisted dying bill featuring story about a woman who went to Zurich to die at Dignitas.

Pay rise row over West Midlands Ambulance Service chief executive Anthony Marsh, who earns £90,000 more than the Prime Minister.

National headlines

Tesco boss Philip Clarke steps down after poor results for supermarket chain.

Golfer Rory McIlroy wins the Open at Hoylake.

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